I’ve been to 25 National Parks over the years, many of them several times and Denali NP in particular six times. Two popular parks that I have not been to yet are Acadia National Park in Maine, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee/North Carolina. One thing that makes this odd is that they are the two national parks that are closet to my home. In April 2018 I decided to add one of these to the list of visited parks. I booked a short photography tour of Great Smoky Mountains with Slonina Photography tours, run by local photographer John Slonina. I considered this short five-day trip to be an introduction to the park. It was the first trip to a national park which I did not plan independently, and it was my first trip with John. [Read more…]
Day 4 – February 3 – Perterman Island and Vernadsky Station
This morning we awoke to cold air temperatures, two inches of snow on the deck, heavy overcast skies, and some areas of fog. The ship was heading into the Lemaire Channel, a narrow passage between the Argentine Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula mainland. The temperatures here were at freezing, and the amount of ice floating in the channel was surprising compared to what we had witnessed so far. [Read more…]
One way I share my photography is to make showcase presentations; groups of slides set to music. I have two shows completed that I have presented at camera clubs and at the NECCC annual conference. I was asked to show one at the Cortland Place assisted living facility in Greenville, RI for a change of pace from their normal entertainment activities. The show “Favorite Places, Favorite Images” was well attended and well received. One resident, a retired first-grade teacher, was so moved by the show she got out of bed at midnight to write this poem.
Scenes in Couplets
by Francis Dinneen, Cortland Place
We say lovely scenes – not a car, house or steeple.
Just flowers, birds and faraway tiny people.
In the yard we saw Indian Pipes and other fungi.
And butterflies whose colors struck the eye.
Craggy mountains with their ancient folds
And striking deserts – eons old.
Hills and Valleys made a scene.
I even remember a lovely ravine.
Ancient trees so gangly and stark.
How many years since they’d had bark?
There were streams and gulleys and a water fall.
So much beauty – can’t remember it all.
I recall a desert stretching forever.
I heard someone murmur, “Well I never!”
I saw a double rainbow with all six shades.
Glowing through the mist – a colorful sight it made.
Then there were creatures, some of them small.
Little bugs and snakes, can’t recall all.
Next came the lion – mouth open to roar.
Great fun to look at – not to adore!
There was a geyser in old Yellowstone –
Believe me when I say, it doesn’t ‘geys’ alone!
Clouds and sunsets were there for us.
We got them free – no need to fuss.
The musical scores surrounding them all –
There only one phrase – they did us enthrall.
I’m sure to have omitted a scene or two –
Or three or four – possibly more.
It was a marvelous, splendid afternoon.
Will you please, I beg you, come back soon.
The Newport Flower Show is an annual event of the Newport Horticultural Society held at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s mansions. Held this year on June 26-28, it included two butterfly “houses”, tents really, that featured native butterflies that were to be released at the end of teh show. Floral arrangements were submitted according to guidelines and the combinations of flowers and greenery is amazing. Local gardeners display their efforts as cuttings of single blossoms or leaves, as well as entire plants. The show included a photography competition open to both amateur adn professional photographers.
Photographing inside the exhibition was frustrating in that there were so many people there, even though I went the first day at the opening time. Macro photography is the best choice as tripods are not allowed, you can get close to the subjects, and using flash can light up areas within blossoms even while hand holding the camera.
Watch for next year’s flower show scheduled for 25-27 June 2010.
This winter has been colder than most, and one side effect is frost growing on the windows. The crustal structures grow on very cold glass where moist air leaks in between the two panes of glass. The rounded ice structures are made from thawing and freezing cycles. These are water drops frozen in place. These were taken with a Canon 100mm macro lens, handheld.